France Press agency , Posted on Wed, Jul 13, 2022 at 04:46
Determining the responsibilities of the security failure in the Champions League final in the Stade de France, and proposing solutions to avoid such chaos during the 2024 Olympics: the Senate issues its verdict this evening, Wednesday, which scratches the image of France in the whole world.
It was due to be a show for just over a year from the Rugby World Cup and before the Summer Olympics two years from now, but the May 28 match between Real Madrid and Liverpool has turned into a nightmare for law enforcement and government authorities.
Spectators without tickets climbing the gates of the stadium, others with tickets but unable to enter, families sprayed with tear gas by police or robberies and assaults by opportunistic criminals: the organization of the meeting was a “failure”, the senators had already denounced, Who will present their media report on the management of these incidents at noon.
“All lessons must be learned in order to organize upcoming international sporting events,” elected officials, led by the head of the Legal Committee, François-Noel Buffet (LR), and Laurent Lafont (centre), warned the Culture Committee.
“The different sessions highlighted the inconsistencies between the different people who heard,” said Senator L.R. Michael Savin, chair of the study group devoted to major sporting events, who has asked for a commission of inquiry.
He added, “We have also seen a communication and information imbalance,” stressing that the Senate’s work “has made it possible to measure all the points that were broken and that must be corrected in order to be able to project a much better picture.”
Among the people the senators have heard since June 1 include: officials from sports bodies, representatives of Liverpool supporters, French authorities, including the controversial Paris police chief Didier Lallmann, announced the departure, and Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin.
– ‘Apologies’ from Darmanin –
The latter was at the center of the criticism by placing most of the blame for the accidents on “30,000 to 40,000 England fans” who, against most of the outlaws, claimed on the spot that they came to the stadium “without a ticket or with fake tickets”.
Gerald Darmanen’s explanations have been undermined by UEFA, which counted only 2,600 fake tickets at the turnstiles.
And if European football’s governing body informs senators that it does not know exactly how many fans went to the perimeter of the Stade de France without tickets, “I don’t think that is the number mentioned in France”.
“If Darman had not lied, there would have been no affair,” François-Noel Buffett (LR) said in an interview with Le Progrès at the beginning of the month.
Under pressure from critics, the interior minister ended at the end of June acknowledging “part of the responsibility” for the evening’s failures and repeating his “apologies” to his supporters “who suffered from mismanagement”.
Beyond the police’s management of the incidents, the controversy was also fueled by the failure to save a portion of the CCTV images of the Stade de France, which Senator Buffett called a “grave mistake”.
Parallel to the Senate’s work, the Ministerial Delegate for Olympics and Major Events, Michelle Cadot, noted in a first report submitted to Prime Minister Elizabeth Bourne, as of June 10, the “failures” of the organization and the police. In response to the events that, in his words, “caused serious damage to the image of France.”
Without waiting for the senators’ decision, Ms. Bourne has already instructed the Secretary of the Interior and Sports to “immediately implement” the recommendations of the Cado Report.